Subject: Great Indie & Small Press Books in Your Library 3-9 Dec

Dear Friend,

Below are this week's recommendations of best-selling and award-winning indie & small press books.
LibraryBub Books Dec 3-9
SHOT DOWN: The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth Chronicles 
by Steve Synder

Set within the framework of World War II in Europe, SHOT DOWN recounts the dramatic experiences of each member of a ten man B-17 bomber crew after their plane, piloted by the author's father, was knocked out of the sky by German fighters over the French/Belgium border in 1944. Some men died. Some were captured and became prisoners of war. Some evaded the Germans for awhile but were betrayed, captured, and shot. Some men evaded capture and were missing in action for seven months before being liberated by the U.S. Army. Their individual stories and those of the courageous Belgian people who risked their lives to help them are all different and are all remarkable.

Honors: 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards - Winner Military;
2015 International Book Awards - Winner History: General;
2015 Readers' Favorite Book Awards - Gold Medal Winner Non-Fiction Historical;
2015 Kindle Book Awards - Finalist Non-Fiction;
2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards - Finalist Historical Non-fiction;
2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards - Silver Medalist History (U.S.);
2015 Independent Author Network (IAN) Book of the Year Awards - Outstanding Non-Fiction (General);
2015 Independent Author Network (IAN) Book of the Year Awards - Second Place Winner;
2015 NABE Spring Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards - Best Books Military;
2015 Nonfiction Book Awards - Bronze Medal;
2015 eLit Awards - Gold Medal History;
2014 Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards - Finalist War & Military;
2014 USA Best Book Awards - Finalist History: General;
2014 USA Best Book Awards - Finalist History: Military;
2014 Southern California Book Festival - Honorable Mention General Non-Fiction.

Category: Aviation

In the Shadow of Lies
by M. A. Adler 

This fast paced historical mystery illuminates the dark side of the San Francisco Bay area during World War II. Racial and ethnic tensions, the KKK and Italian POWs give rise to seemingly unrelated crimes that are resolved by a wounded marine and his dog, a black MP, and an Italian POW. 

In the Shadow of Lies reveals the racism and prejudice that tarnished America during World War II, but it also illuminates how ordinary people transcended racial and ethnic hatred as unlikely allies helped each other, doing the right thing, no matter the consequences.

Independent Publisher Book Awards 2015 Gold Medal Winner - Best Regional Fiction; Foreword Reviews Book of the Year 2014 IndieFab Finalist, Mystery; Reader Views First Place Mystery Thriller and West Pacific Regional Award; Red City Review 2015 Finalist; Hollywood Book Festival, Honorable Mention.

Category: Mystery

by Donna Marie Seim 

Charley might be street-smart, but he also has a tender heart. Life in the early 1900s is hard on most everyone it seems, and Charley is no exception. He lives in a tiny run-down apartment with no running water along with his two younger siblings, an older brother and their father, who hasn't been able to hold a job since his mother's death. Charley's father concludes the best he can do for his kids is give them an opportunity to find a home with a good family while he finds work. So he leaves a note with Charley's oldest brother asking the Home for Little Wanderers to take in the three youngest siblings. Twelve year old Charley is pretty sure he can get along just fine continuing to steal bread on the streets to make do, but his older brother encourages him to stay with his siblings so they'll all be together. With a compassionate heart he begrudgingly agrees to go with little Minnie and Clarence to the orphanage.

Honors: Literary Classic Book Awards Top Honors, The Eloquent Quill Award; 2015
New England Book Festival, winner of the regional literature category, 2014; Commendation from the State of Maine to Peter E. Randall for publishing Charely, 2015.

Category: Orphans and Foster Homes

However Long the Night
by David Pereda 

Cuban-born, award-winning Miami Architect and successful real estate developer Cid Milan suddenly faces a dilemma when his dying father reveals to him a shocking twenty-five year old family secret. Cid realizes there is only one thing he can do to unravel the mystery of his own past and right the wrongs committed. He must return to the land he abandoned. In his quest, Cid rediscovers himself and his roots as he searches frantically throughout Cuba for his teenage flame, Sandra, and the secret she kept from him all these years. In the process, Cid learns an invaluable lesson about love, forgiveness and redemption which changes his life forever.

Honors: The Lighthouse Book Award for fiction; The Royal Palm Award for fiction; The Readers Favorite Award for Romantic Suspense.

Category: Contemporary Fiction

by Amber Garr

Clean water is a luxury most can no longer afford. Climate change, industrial sabotage, and greed have turned country against country as each one tries to provide for its citizens. Terrorist groups target desalinization plants and frustrated governments hunt those who work against them. Rationing, sequestering, and patrolling have become routine at a time when there are too many people and not enough resources.

While the world around them disintegrates into chaos, Zach and Vivienne hope that their life in a government-run complex will retain some semblance of normalcy. But when attacks on their water supplies bring war to their sheltered community, they must accept their new fate. Stay and fight or flee and endure—it’s a difficult decision with lasting consequences.

Honors: Royal Palm Literary Awards, Science Fiction (Series).

Category: Science Fiction

Multiple Motives 
by Kassandra Lamb

Psychotherapist Kate Huntington helps other people cope with the horrible things that have happened to them, but she herself has led a charmed life… until now. When a series of what seem like random events–a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time–takes a sinister twist, it becomes apparent that she and her lawyer friend, Rob Franklin, have a common enemy. But the lead police detective has a different theory. He’s convinced that Kate and Rob are lovers attempting to eliminate their spouses. And he seems determined to build a case against them.

As the attacks escalate, Kate and Rob are forced to investigate on their own. Who hates them enough to want them both dead? 

Honors: Amazon Best-seller.

Category: Suspense

Kibble Talk
by Cynthia Port 

Once Tawny decides to do something, there’s no holding her back. So when her best friend dares her to eat dog kibble, down it goes. Little does she know how that dusty, tasteless lump will change her life. Suddenly she can hear dogs talking and talk back to them too!

This includes her own dog, an enormous Great Dane named Dinky, who tells her he has but one wish in life: to be a teeny tiny lap dog with all the accessories. Tawny promises to help him, and her life nearly goes to the dogs. A story about friendship and family, book one in the Kibble Talk series will have everyone howling with laugher.

Honors: Readers 'Favorite 2015 Gold Award for the 4th to 6th grade category.

Category: Humor/Dogs

Blast of the Dragon's Fury 
 L. R. W. Lee

Blast of the Dragon’s Fury is book one (of seven) in the Andy Smithson, coming-of-age, epic fantasy series. With over 600 ratings and reviews, this award-winning adventure is sure to captivate middle grade readers.

It's amazing what can happen when you're the Chosen One to break a 500-year-old curse. Ten-year-old Andy Smithson believes he is merely a kid too often in trouble until he is swept away to the land of Oomaldee of medieval times, where he discovers he must collect ingredients for a magic potion to defeat the oppressive curse that plagues the land.
 Armed with only his wits, an ancient sword and a magic key, he must overcome grave peril at every turn.

Honors: Readers' Favorite Five Stars.

Category: Fantasy
Stealing Hollywood:Screenwriting Tricks for Authors
by Alexandra Sokoloff 

Alexandra Sokoloff will show you how to jump-start your plot and bring your characters and scenes vibrantly alive on the page by watching your favorite movies and learning from the storytelling tricks of great filmmakers: The High Concept Premise; The Three-Act; Eight-Sequence Structure; The Storyboard Grid; The Index Card Method of Plotting; The Setpiece Scene; Techniques of film pacing and suspense, character arc and drive, visual storytelling, and building image systems.

Based on the internationally acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workshops and blog, this new print edition incorporates all the basic information from the first Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workbook and doubles the material, including ten full story breakdowns. 

Category: Screenwriting
Disorder in the Classroom
by Janice M. Hypolite 

The book tells the events that occurred from October 2007 to February 2009. The author focused on showing students' behavior, which was despicable and  no one in a responsible position was willing to acknowledge this or do something about it. 

According to the author, the whole school system seems to be in a state of flux. For the schools where she taught, classroom behavior was a serious problem. 

This subject is certainly controversial and may be one of the prime reasons why students can't and don't learn.

Honors: 2010 Readers' Favorite Bronze award in non-fiction education; 2013 Readers' Favorite Silver award for non-fiction education.

Category: Schools & Teaching

We trust that your readers will enjoy our hand-picked selection.

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Alinka Rutkowska
CEO, LibraryBub